Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on February 5th, 2007
Hi Blog. According to a friend, whenever you publish something in Japan, you must put down the publisher’s name. On the GAIJIN HANZAI Mag, it is listed as “Joey H. Washington”, which is clearly a pseudonym, given the information below.
This is apparently not permitted under Japanese publishing laws. I’m in transit down south, and don’t have time to do research on this at the moment (so I’ll throw it out to the blogosphere for somebody else). Anyone want to do some research on the laws or the people involved here?
Information from a friend follows. Debito
I’m given to understand that ISBN registration requires use of real
names, and “Joey H. Washington” does not appear on the Mook’s registration,
which is as follows.
Notice publisher number at top is 7542.
ISBN of the mook is 9784754256180.
This parses as 978-4-7542-56180.
978 is general classification for book.
4 means Japan.
7542 is Eichi code.
56180 is the specific ISBN the published has assigned for the book for a list of purchased valid numbers.
Company website has more information on company.
代表取締役社長 is 上野文明.
Someone should telephone to 03-6419-2750 (or number given in magazine) and ask to speak to the person named in the mook as its publisher — or to Ueno if that doesn’t get the response you want.